Keith Anderson, Chief Executive of ScottishPower Renewables is confident that onshore wind developments in Scotland will continue until at least 2020, stating it is the cheapest form of renewable energy and the combination of high wind levels together with a sparse population makes Scotland a near perfect planning environment for these types of projects.
ScottishPower is the largest generator of wind power in the UK and is an important contributor to our electricity supply. Scottish wind turbines generated more than 812,000MWh of electricity in November 2014 and a total of 28 per cent of Scottish electricity was exported to the rest of the UK last year.
Mr Anderson praised the Scottish government for making its approval system both transparent and progressive, and confirmed ScottishPower has planning permission for a further 500MW of onshore wind.
ScottishPower’s Whitelee site has become somewhat of a tourist destination. The information centre aims to share knowledge with the general public and is just one of the ways in which this energy company tries to engage with communities. The wind energy projects use local services and contractors in an attempt to proactively involve local businesses and create a positive lasting legacy.
ScottishPower will be one to watch in 2015.